One of the real selling points when looking to build an AMD system is that many of their processors are priced at a level which makes creating a powerful system quite cheap. The Athlon 7750 we are reviewing today for example is priced at a very competitive level, bringing the Phenom core to a new audience.
Throughout the review we paired our AMD processors with the Asus M3A78-T which is a full size ATX board with a huge amount of functionality but this does come at a cost, £115/$140 to be exact. For those who fancy building a more cost effective system for light gaming or basic media use there are quite a number of options available. One such product is Abit’s A-N78HD board which retails at £49.
This means that it is possible to buy a Triple core Phenom 8450 and the above board for just a few pounds more than the M3A78-T or build a dual core Athlon 2.7ghz system for bang on £100.
So what does the A-N78-HD offer us for less than £50? Well, full support for Athlons up to 6400+ and Phenoms up to 9850. Up to 8Gb of DDR2-1066, onboard GeForce 8200 graphics, GeForce Boost, Hybrid power, PCI-Express 2.0, HDMI, HDCP, Purevideo HD and 7.1 audio.
Overall quite a staggering level of value and well worth considering.
Last month Intel launched their Z97 chipset, essentially an evolution of Z87, which in many cases brought new features such as SATA Express and M.2 compatibility to the mainstream desktop market. There was of course no new CPU at that time with the existing socket 1150 processors working without issue in the new boards. Since then though Intel launched (along with some lower spec models) the Core i7-4790K, a model which sits at the top of their mainstream platform. Today we see how it compares to various other models when installed on Gigabytes Z97X Gaming 5 and paired with PowerColors new dual core 290X Devil 13.